Through a lot of careful testing over the last three years Volkswagen was able to prove that clean diesel alternatives exist and that they are viable fuel sources for our vehicles. The automaker announced that it would be looking into clean diesel fuel sources three short years ago, and now the test results are in and they’re quite positive.
The Test Results
All of the testing that Volkswagen did shows that these clean diesel fuel alternatives can be used without causing any damage to the vehicles they are used in and without a performance increase. That means you can expect the same fuel efficiency figures roughly and that you won’t have any engine trouble as a result of the fuel. That’s good news for anyone worrying about their vehicle’s viability in the future when fuel types have been modified to make them renewable.
The Actual Test
To test this fuel Volkswagen set aside 2012 models of the Jetta TDI and Passat TDI. Both of these vehicles were fueled using only clean renewable diesel fuel and together they were operated for a total of over 134,000 miles over a three year period. This is high mileage driving for vehicle in just three years. The tests took these vehicles over standard roadways rather than a track. By taking the vehicles over the roads and highways of the country Volkswagen was able to verify that the fuel would perform as expected in everyday driving situations.
One of the companies behind the fuel, Amyris relies on sugar plants to create the diesel fuel. The plants can be replanted each and every year in order to provide the resources needed for the vehicle fuel. While it m9ight be hard to plant enough sugar to fuel all the diesels around the world, it’s exciting to hear about a renewable resource that works to create a fuel source that also releases less pollution. Though the improve fuel still releases soot and carbon emissions, they are roughly 50 percent of what standard diesel vehicles release. This makes it a cleaner solution that could help cut emission levels over time.
These results are exciting and they show that new fuel technologies are not only possible but highly likely as we head into the future. While we might not be able to remove all our harmful carbon emissions, even reducing them would help our current climate situation. It’s quite possible that future fuel solutions will be developed over time and that many automakers will start preparing their vehicles for a range of renewable fuel sources.
It’s no secret that the Volkswagen Phaeton wasn’t an outstanding success story. The vehicle undersold figures the automaker expected it to meet and it has been underperforming ever since the launch. Some automakers would simply abandon a vehicle that was performing poorly, but Volkswagen is instead planning to remake the car and make it into a much more impressive specimen that can compete with the likes of the Audi A8. The car is set to receive a slew of improvements, one of which is the addition of a plug-in hybrid option to the lineup. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone with Volkswagen pushing electric car tech so aggressively, but it’s still exciting.
There’s not much information about the hybrid powertrain that VW wants to put in the Phaeton but it’s likely to still be pretty potent. The hybrid version will likely provide a mix of power and fuel efficiency. It will make the vehicle more affordable to drive around and will help short commuters avoid relying on fuel altogether.
Volkswagen Adding Charging Stations in Germany
This news goes along well with the VW announcement that they will be adding around 1,200 charging stations around Germany, a country that’s known for its lack of electric charging stations. With millions of vehicles out on the road today, there are reportedly less than 1,000 charging stations currently in use and only around 100 of them are fast charge stations. Volkswagen is hoping to rectify that issue and make the country into a better place to sell electric vehicles, because it currently doesn’t have many EV owners.
New Engine Technology
As an alternative option to the plug-in hybrid tech the Phaeton will also likely get the 6.0 liter W12 technology as well. That would give the car 600 HP and an impressive amount of torque with 663 lb.-ft. overall. If you want a vehicle that can move fast and you don’t want to worry about plugging it in to get the full power from it this gasoline engine will be an excellent option to consider. It relies on a series of twin-turbochargers and even provides a respectable level of fuel efficiency for such a potent level of power.
Volkswagen is putting its mid-sized Tiguan through the paces in a round of testing out in the Alps. The newest iteration of the vehicle was spotted being put through the paces on some pretty tough terrain during this past week. The spy shots show some pretty noticeable changes to the overall appearance of the vehicle that only makes me more excited for the next release.
A More Aggressive Look
Just taking a look at the spy shots of the new Tiguan it’s clear to see a resemblance of the Passat and the CrossBlue concept that was shown earlier of fat the Detroit Auto Show. It has a much more aggressive d-pillar and a sportier roofline overall. These two changes together give the vehicle a more muscular stance and up that intimidation factor, but they aren’t the only changes made. The car also has updated grille and headlight treatments. The changes are difficult to spot with all the camouflage applied, but they are clearly modified and will look boxier if the appearance means anything. The front end seems taller a bulkier, having a slightly truck-like look.
While specifics aren’t available yet it’s fair to assume that both diesel and gasoline variants will be offered. It’s also fiar to assume the vehicle will come with four-cylinder engines. There might be a more powerful R variant that creeps up on 300 HP, but that’s not certain yet and will likely be released at a later date than when the SUV first comes out.
Some industry informants have been talking about two different form-factor variants of the Tiguan coming out in the coming years, but it’s hard to see where they would fit in in the current lineup. A coupe-like variant and a long wheel-base model are both rumored to be coming out over the next couple of years, but the longer option seems like it would clash with the rumored 3-row SUV that’s expected to come from VW unless those two concepts are being merged into one.
If you’re interested in the latest version of the Tiguan it’s likely to be put on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Look back here for more information about the vehicle towards the middle of September, or keep your eye on the show to learn what it has to offer.
Every car buyer has to consider whether they want to finance through a dealership or through a bank when buying a vehicle. Both options are viable and every day some buyers will go with one over the other. It’s important to learn the value of both sides of the deal, so you can choose the one that makes the most sense for you specifically. You may be surprised at the option that fits your buying style the best.
Bank Borrowing is More Work
In order to get the best value from working through a bank you have to do more work to get your ideal loan. Borrowing through a bank yourself often results in lower interest rates for you, but only if you are willing to try and work with many different banks until you come across one that offers the deal you want. This means calling up, and possibly driving in to talk with several different banks before you choose the right one.
Dealerships Save Time
When you borrow through ha dealership you’re likely to gain access to many possible lenders quickly. The finance professional helping you out at the dealership will be working hard to connect you with the lender that is going to work for your needs, and will often try out several different possible lenders before finding the right one to use for your vehicle purchase. This process is quick and you don’t have to do most of the work along the way.
Bank Borrowing Gives you Bargaining Power
Dealerships enjoy financing their customers because it locks them into buying a vehicle from that establishment. When you have a preapproval from a separate lender you have the power to walk away and go to another dealership at any time. This can give you more bargaining power and often results in a lower purchase price in the end, but again only if you are willing to do the work. If you get a good loan through a bank you can go to several dealerships and try to obtain the car you want at a lower price than listed. You can haggle with the dealerships and try to get prices dropped based on competitor pricing, and you’ll often be able to get better rates, but this only works if you are willing to do all this work. If you are the type of person that wants to walk into a dealership and leave with a car the same day, or in just a few days then dealership borrowing makes more sense for you.
Consider how ambitious you are before you decide on which lending route you’re going to take for your car. Borrowing through a bank can save you money if you’re willing to do all the work along the way, and I mean a lot. You’ll have to negotiate with both lenders and dealerships to get the price that you want. If you just want a simple transaction that won’t be too much more expensive then it makes more sense to just work with a dealership. You’ll be surprised at how affordable your deal ends up being through a dealership, and they essentially take care of all the work for you so you just have to worry about picking out the car you like the best.
Twelve cylinder engines have been popular with gearheads since they came out on Packards and Cadillacs nearly 100 years ago, but for the longest time they were produced in a standard in-line layout. Volkswagen saw the traditional cylinder “V” layout and decided that it could be done better and came up with their “W” configuration. This simple change that relies on multiple cylinders sharing a single head produced a more efficient and more importantly compact engine that Volkswagen has been capitalizing on for a long time. Their W12 engine setup was used in the Bugatti Veyron and many other supercars since, but now the automaker is taking its collective engine technology and pouring it into an even more impressive construction, the 6.0 liter W12 TSI. This impressive piece of engineering will be put on display at the 36th international Vienna motor symposium and it’s going to turn more than just a few heads.
Adding in New Tech
There are a bunch of new features being rolled up into this engine and VW is pulling from Audi, Bently and other sections of its company to get exactly what’s needed to create a truly impressive product. The new engine is getting a multi-port injection system as well as twin scroll turbochargers. It’s also getting cylinder deactivation technology and is even getting its own active suspension to make it perform better in off-roading situations with future SUV’s in mind. The engine will have stop/start systems to preserve fuel even more during commuting conditions. All this tech together raises the engine up from 567 Horsepower to 600 and bumps up torque from 516 lb.-ft. to a stunning 663 lb.-ft.
Volkswagen has been producing most of the world’s 12-cylinder engines for the past 14 years, but with people starting to get more conscientious about fuel efficiency and with new tech coming out on a yearly basis it was time that they stepped up their game further. The 6.0 W12 TSI does that, and it should be one of the most state-of-the-art engines on the market when it’s finally released. It’s the type of engine that’s going to show up in a bunch of supercars, and it’s something that Volkswagen can be proud of. This may not seem like exciting news for all the folks buying standard Volkswagen vehicles, but all the technology that makes up the W12 is also used in VW’s smaller engines. Everyone that purchases a VW is benefitting from that tech in one way or another.
During the Bud Brown VW Pancake Classic, the special Memorial Day event at Bud Brown Volkswagen a group of hungry visitors lined up in front of a booth ready to sink their teeth into some of Chris Cakes’ renowned pancakes. A representative from the company served up griddle after griddle of tasty pancakes to the crowd, but that wasn’t the only draw of the event, there were some pretty cool cars too.
Chris Cakes isn’t your ordinary everyday catering company. The business is a known caterer that specializes in high-flying pancakes. Finished pancakes are flipped out onto the plates of those waiting to eat. Walk up to the side of the booth and prepare to catch a flying hotcake. The Chris Cakes worker helped to keep the event light and fun and made sure everyone was full before the end of the day.
The Car Show
Volkswagen fans got a chance to take a look at a classic collection of Volkswagen Beetles at the big Pancake Classic. There was a range of model years and colors out on display and it was a true experience travelling back in time looking at all the different cars out for display. Car owners happily brought out their collectibles to show off to the public, and it made the day into a special event worth attending for many.
While at the dealership visitors were encouraged to check out the current lineup of vehicles and test drives were available to anyone interested. It was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to take a look at some nice cars, get a belly full of delicious pancakes and learn about the new vehicles being offered at Bud Brown VW.